A Thousand Steps

Every now and then I find a scripture verse, poem, or part of a devotion that jumps off the page and seizes my attention. This morning I had one such moment.

If there are a thousand steps between us and Him, He will take all but one.
But He will leave the final one for us. The choice is ours.
Max Lucado

Do you ever feel that a thousand steps are separating you from God’s embrace? I sure do! At times He seems so far away, especially when I have stepped away from His plan for me.

Whether this separation is intentional or not really doesn’t matter. God will always take those first 999 steps to draw us closer. Why? Because He loves us! But ultimately, it is our choice to close that final gap. We can continue wandering aimlessly, or allow God to lead us back to safety.

After pondering this thought for a while today, a problem that had been troubling me for months no longer seemed so overwhelming. In fact, the solution became quite clear.

There is freedom in letting go and entrusting God to reveal His plan, even if it takes 1,000 steps.

😇😇😇

I found Max Lucado’s quote, in Everyday Grace, a collection of 60 devotions compiled by Jill Olson and published by Ellie Claire. This lovely book caught my attention on Amazon right before the holidays, so I added it to my Christmas list. It was a special gift from my daughter, and I am savoring every page and illustration!

A Clean Slate

It’s a new year, but if you are like millions of others who made some lofty resolutions, you may already be struggling to keep them.

Many of our resolutions are based on our desire to reverse unhealthy and unproductive habits. That is never a bad thing, but we often run out of steam not long after the Christmas decorations are tucked away.

This year, don’t let a set-back take the wind out of your sails. Here are a few suggestions that I have found helpful. Perhaps they will assist you along your journey in 2019:

  1. Set small, realistic goals with measurable achievements along the way. This is a much better plan than creating an overwhelming list of resolutions.
  2. Make sure you have an accountability partner or group to help cheer you on to success.
  3. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip now and then. Dust yourself off and keep moving ahead.
  4. Once you reach your goal, establish a reliable support system to help keep you on track so you won’t revert to old habits.
  5. Find a daily devotional or inspirational scripture to read each morning to uplift you as you start each day.

There was a great New Year’s message shared with our children during worship this morning. They learned that people often get discouraged when they fail to keep a resolution. Sometimes they even feel that they need to wait a whole year to start over again! But they also learned that God doesn’t keep a record of our mistakes or failures. Each new day He offers us a clean slate . . . a fresh chance to try again.

That’s a great message for any age! 🙂